Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Hybrid Afternoon Seminar

Operationalizing energy justice

Welcome to our virtual and physical seminar with Bhavin Pradhan, PhD candidate at University of Minnesota.

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Bhavins' study defines four energy justice pillars - energy prices, energy efficiency, energy burden, and overall income
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NB! Due to time differences, this event will start at 14.15 and end 15.00.

Bhavin will present a novel decomposition method to analyze inequalities in access to energy services

'Energy Justice' brings the systemic injustices in the energy systems to the forefront and suggests paths to transform the current energy transition to one that more equitably shares benefits, provides access to new opportunities, and reflects the will of those most impacted. However, holistic empirical operationalization of energy justice concepts has not been thoroughly developed, obscuring both contemporary and historical equity assessments in the US energy system.

This study proposes a decomposition of energy consumption rates of households over a multi-decade time series to assess rates of household access to energy services that develops a better understanding of the drivers of household energy access and affordability. Building on a framework for analyzing distributional inequalities in fuel poverty, this study examines energy justice through access to energy services and defines it through four energy justice 'pillars'- energy prices, energy efficiency, energy burden, and overall income.

The four pillars offer a systematic approach to considering interventions that canaddress energy justice at its systemic roots, connecting possibilities for action to their impact on the dynamics of energy service access and energy burden.

About the speaker:

Bhavin Pradhan is a 4th year PhD candidate in Public Affairs (specializing in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA. His research investigates public policies that apply poverty abatement frameworks and justice within the context of energy justice, energy transition, and climate mitigation. His research lies at the intersection of economics, justice, and poverty implications of the energy transition focusing on developing data-intensive novel indicators to study energy justice in the US, impacts of low-income community solar programs across the US, and ways to reduce energy poverty in Minnesota.